VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS AS GATEWAYS TO FIELD-BASED EXPERIENCES IN GEOSCIENCE AND PRESERVICE EDUCATION COURSES
We present a set of virtual field experiences developed for and by students involved in our GEOPATH project “Engaging Students in Inclusive Geoscience Field Experiences via Onsite-Remote Partnerships". These exercises, based on locations in northern Arizona, are intended for introductory level geoscience courses and include concepts such as stratigraphy and geologic time (Oak Creek Canyon and the Grand Canyon), volcanology (the San Francisco Volcanic Field), and planetary geology (Meteor Crater).
Virtual field experiences such as the one discussed here are available from the GEODE project (http://www.geode.net). Resources such as this present opportunities for students to explore geosciences concepts in a hands-on way, especially if other obstacles prevent direct access to field sites.